The UAW has always opposed NAFTA because it is a bad deal for workers. We remain committed to working with the Administration and Congress to fully negotiate a deal that is good for the American people. That’s why we will meet with stakeholders in both parties. As it stands now, the New NAFTA falls short. We need a strong, enforceable and impactful agreement that saves and creates good paying jobs right here at home. We urge the Administration to get back to the negotiating table with Canada and Mexico.
GM Example Thumbs Its Nose at New NAFTA Before the Ink Dried The following statement is from UAW President Gary Jones on the signing of the “New” NAFTA called USMCA: “Before the ink hit the paper, General Motors has already signaled that the “New” NAFTA (known as USMCA) is not strong enough, as it stands today, to deter them from moving products and taking advantage of low cost labor. Quite simply, the “New” NAFTA needs more input and more work. We were hopeful that this new agreement would rein in the corporate greed that has bled manufacturing in the United ... Read more
“For a quarter century, NAFTA has been disastrous for working people in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and a gift to corporations offshoring good U.S. jobs. The true test of a new NAFTA agreement will be in whether it protects and enhances opportunities for the U.S. workforce and leads to higher wages and benefits for UAW members and manufacturing workers who have suffered for far too long. We think the idea and concept of the USMCA could have the potential to provide some needed relief for America’s working families. Numerous details still need to be reviewed and resolved before making ... Read more
Six labor leaders made the following statement after today’s trade meeting with President Trump: Labor is united in its view that NAFTA is a disaster for working people and must be fixed. We had a very productive meeting which made clear to the president that a new NAFTA must create fair and balanced trade in North America. Real solutions for any new trade deal must dramatically improve workers’ rights and raise wages and living standards in all three countries. Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President Chris Shelton, Communications Workers of America President Robert Martinez. Jr., International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers ... Read more
This week, as trade negotiators from U.S., Mexico, and Canada meet in our nation’s capital, they must squarely confront the reality that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has failed working people in all three countries. NAFTA renegotiations will only be successful if it leads to higher wages for workers in all three countries and puts an end to our crippling auto trade deficit with Mexico. To that end, negotiators must comprehensively focus on balanced trade that provides real wage growth for American, Canadian with special emphasis on Mexican workers, whose suppressed wages are harmful for all three countries. ... Read more
Toronto – Unifor and the United Auto Workers of America (UAW) took a united message on auto sector needs to a joint meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and lead NAFTA negotiator Steve Verheul. “We are united with the UAW in our demand to address the imbalances in the auto industry as NAFTA is renegotiated,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “The plain fact is that the United States and Canada have equitable trade, Mexico does not and that must be dealt with immediately.” Dias and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams met with Freeland and Verheul ... Read more
The Potential for Fair Trade in an Essential Industry The North American auto industry remains a powerhouse of advanced manufacturing, innovation and economic activity. Directly responsible for 2 million jobs across North America, the auto industry serves as the anchor for entire supply chains including: auto parts producers, suppliers of raw materials and service providers (1). The economic activity generated by the industry supports local business and public services, as each auto assembly job creates in the range of 9 to 10 other jobs across the economy (2). These are often good jobs with above average wages which for generations ... Read more
The UAW has always been about a greater calling. We are more than just contracts and bargaining; we are also about lifting up our communities and fighting for fairness for all working men and women. The concerns of the UAW and the labor movement aren’t limited to those who carry a union card. Read more on detroitnews.com >>>
Recently, the Trump administration notified Congress that it plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement — better known as NAFTA — with powerful corporations and some in the president’s administration saying it simply needs to be “modernized.” The U.S. Trade Representative’s office is accepting comments from the public until June 12. It’s important that working people speak up for ourselves now, the same as we did with the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Click here to leave a comment for the U.S. Trade Representative about why a trade deal that takes working people into account is important to you. NAFTA — ... Read more
UAW President Dennis Williams spoke to the media today about the membership, Tesla, trade and more.